Barefoot Blue Jean Night (song)

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"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
Jake Owen - BFBJN single.jpg
Single by Jake Owen
from the album Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Released April 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 2:47
Label RCA Nashville
Jake Owen singles chronology
"Tell Me"
"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
"Alone with You"
"Tell Me"
"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
"Alone with You"

"Barefoot Blue Jean Night" is a song written by Dylan Altman, Eric Paslay and Terry Sawchuk, and recorded by American country music artist Jake Owen. It is the seventh single of his career, and was released in April 2011 as the first single and title track from his album of the same name. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2011.


Owen told Taste of Country that he was "pretty much finished" creating the album, and was given the song about three days before it was supposed to be done. After saying that he "could not get it out of [his] head", he decided to record it after a friend told him, "You're crazy if you don't record that song." Owen also said that he identified with the song's beach-related imagery, as he grew up on a beach in Florida.[2] Co-writer Eric Paslay told the same website that he started playing a riff on a high-strung guitar. He and the co-writers decided to make the song a summertime anthem because the first lyrics they thought of "sounded like a summertime anthem."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a positive review, saying that it "giv[es] off a fun, good time vibe". He also thought that the use of banjo and drum machine recalled the work of Mark McGuinn.[4] Michael Sudhalter, in his review of the album for Country Standard Time, said that the song "has a perfect chorus, and it's just right for the summer time."[5] Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a C+ rating, saying that in order for the "larger-than-life arrangement to have any traction, you've got to paint your memories with at least a nugget of lyrical depth."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and premiered in June 2011. It was filmed at Center Hill Lake in Middle Tennessee. It features his ex-wife, Lacey Buchanan.

Commercial performance[edit]

Many radio station began playing the song before its official release on April 18, 2011.[7] The song gained enough airplay for it to enter Country Airplay at No. 55 as well as Hot Country Songs for the charts dated April 9, 2011. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 98 for the chart dated April 30, 2011 after the song release. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 21 on October 22, 2011, as well as No. 1 on the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts. The song was certified double platinum on May 9, 2013 by the RIAA. The song has sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S. as of September 2015.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Remind Me"
by Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

September 17–24, 2011
Succeeded by
"Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins


  1. ^ "Barefoot Blue Jean Night". Discogs. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Iasimone, Ashley. "Jake Owen’s Ready to Have a Good Time and ‘Bring Everybody to the Party’ With His Third Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ Conaway, Alanna (April 29, 2011). "Jake Owen, ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 28, 2011). "Jake Owen – "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sudhalter, Michael. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (July 12, 2011). "Summer Single Reviews Round-Up: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley". Country Universe. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "First Listen: Jake Owen’s "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"". Country Music Is Love. March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (September 8, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: September 8, 2015". RoughStock. 
  9. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jake Owen.
  10. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jake Owen.
  11. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Jake Owen.
  12. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 9, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH